Where Does Natural Gas Come From?

Natural gas plays a huge role in our daily lives as well as our day-to-day business as a nation. In the United States, natural gas is produced by many states — both on and offshore. While many states produce natural gas to some degree, just five states account for almost 70% of total U.S. dry natural gas production.

Which U.S. States Produce The Most Natural Gas?

At the top of the list sits Texas at almost a quarter of the nation’s natural gas production, just below that is Pennsylvania at a fifth of the nation’s production. 

  • Texas: 22%
  • Pennsylvania: 20%
  • Oklahoma: 9%
  • Louisiana: 9%
  • Ohio: 8%

Additionally, about 3% of U.S. natural gas is produced offshore. That means that the overwhelming majority of natural gas produced by the United States is done so on dry ground.

How is Natural Gas Produced?

Natural gas in the United States is primarily produced through three mediums:

  • Shale
  • Tight
  • Coalbed Methane

Shale is a sedimentary rock that contains organic material in its pores that can be used to generate oil and natural gas. It’s found in about 30 states and has allowed gas production in the nation to go on for more many years. Shale is the largest resource of natural gas.

Tight natural gas formations are loosely defined but typically consist of low-permeability sandstone and carbonate reservoirs that sit above shale deposits.

Coalbed methane deposits are located much closer to the surface of the ground and make up just about 3% of the nation’s natural gas production.

Here at Reddy Pipe & Supply Inc., we help make it possible for the nation to produce nearly all of its own natural gas. Take a look at our products & services today.

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